online plain English writing class

Plain English Writing Skills

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Plain business writing makes your writing clear and powerful.

When we write, our goal should be to inform, explain, and clarify. However, that’s easier said than done. Many professionals seem to hide behind a fog of jargon and convoluted phrasing. This course will teach you how to write simply and clearly, even in fields that require specialized knowledge and vocabulary like law, business, finance, medicine, government, and academia. We will teach you how to focus on reader comprehension to bring clarity and simplicity to your writing.

Course Highlights

  • Learn the special skills required to write clearly and plainly
  • Helping overcome the tendency to be complex and difficult to understand
  • Especially useful in fields such as law, government, business, medicine, finance, and academia
  • Extensive comments by the instructor and coaching
  • Learn to write the clearest words, sentences, and paragraphs

Course Description

This writing in plain English course will teach you the skills you need to create business writing that is clear and easy to understand. For the assignments, you will submit professional writing to demonstrate you can write in plain English. The instructor evaluates your work and helps you improve it.

When You Complete This Course...

  • You will know how to break down complex ideas into small, logical blocks to facilitate reader comprehension.
  • You will understand how to identify and simplify convoluted sentences.
  • You will have learned how to use vocabulary your readers will understand easily, with minimal jargon.

How It Works

Work Online

When you enroll, we give you access to all the online lessons and training materials. Each lesson builds on the lessons that precede it. We offer clear explanations for every part of our training and plenty of real-world examples of how to apply the skills you are learning.

Set Your Own Pace

You go at your own pace and submit assignments when you are ready. You don’t have to be online with other students or perform activities at specific times.

Instructor Feedback

Your instructor evaluates all your work, coaches you through learning the skills, and gives you personalized feedback on what you are doing well and what still needs polish. You can contact your instructor at any time if you have questions about your training, business writing, or the English language.


When you finish the course within four months, you receive a graduation certificate.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: You must want to use plain English

Lesson 2: Plain English—what it is and isn't

Lesson 3: Know your reader

Lesson 4: Write as though you were speaking to the reader

Exam 1

Lesson 5: Write concisely—avoid unnecessary detail and explanations

Lesson 6: Avoid conventions that confuse

Exam 2

Lesson 7: Use simple, plain English words

Lesson 8: Write plain, simple sentences

Exam 3

Writing Sample 4 evaluation

Writing Sample 5 evaluation

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Suggested Combinations

This course and Basic Grammar Skills Tutorial

One-on-one grammar training customized just for you, without wasting time on skills you don’t need.

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This course and Business Writing Skills

Our fundamental writing course for clear, effective, professional business documents.

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Dr. Hogan

Writing Coaching by Dr. Robert Hogan

Dr. Hogan has been training writers for 40 years in universities, colleges of business, consulting companies, and professional writing companies.

Learn more about Dr. Hogan.

Course Features

Course Materials: Online

Certificate upon Completion: Yes

Instructor Feedback: Yes

Letter of Recommendation: Yes

Lesson Count: 8

Practice Activities: 5

Exams: 8

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